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Fines initiative: higher penalties for higher earners

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W ie the editorial network Germany reports that higher penalties are planned especially for 'traffic irregularities with a high degree of risk', especially in the areas of speed, distance, overtaking and the formation of an emergency lane. Lower Saxony's interior minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) can imagine fines of up to 1,000 euros and more.

'Socially unjust' against wealth tax

According to the will of the SPD interior minister, the In future, the exact amount of the fine will be staggered according to the amount of income. Pistorius called flat-rate fines 'socially unjust'. It is not fair if the fine 'feels like 'peanuts' to an executive while a saleswoman has to wait a month to purchase a much-needed item of clothing after the same offense.' Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU), spokesman for the Union-led interior departments of the federal states, rejected the SPD request. Caffier criticized the staggering required as 'a kind of additional tax for the rich through the back door'. The CDU politician explained that it would mean considerable additional and overburdening for authorities and corresponding additional costs.

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